Music

Whether you plan to major in music or pursue musical interests along with your other studies, you’ll find Hanover’s active music program enriches the lives of everyone in the community.

Majors and non-majors alike participate fully in private lessons, solo performances and group performances. A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, the Concert Band, the Jazz Band and the College-Community Orchestra perform throughout the academic year, both on campus and, in some cases, on international tours. If you are a music major, you can choose between a choral or instrumental program and gain practical experience that launches your career or graduate studies.

Small-school access to large-school facilities

Hanover’s top-notch music facilities rival those of large universities, but with much easier access and personal attention from faculty.

  • 21 pianos, 7 of which are grand pianos
  • Teaching studios equipped with grand pianos
  • Recording/ listening center
  • Choral and instrumental libraries
  • Music computer stations
  • Fitzgibbon Recital Hall seats 300 and has a 7-foot Baldwin Concert Grand

What do music majors study?

  • Literature of music
  • Theory and aural skills
  • History of music
  • And other topics that interest you, such as voice, instrument, choir, band or orchestra

Applied and ensemble music courses are open to all students, who may apply units as electives.

Graduate school placements have included:

  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Indiana University
  • Chicago Musical College
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Rice University
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Nebraska

Courses

Number
Name
Credits
Description
MUS 071
Private Piano
0.25
By permission of instructor only. Development of individual skills and their application dependent upon student's specific goals. .25 unit.
MUS 073
Private Voice
0.25
By permission of instructor only. Development of proper vocal technique and breath control with focus on student's background and goals. .25 unit.
MUS 074
Instrument
0.25
By permission of instructor only. Learning proper practice methods, building technique, acquiring sufficient repertoire, and gaining broad knowledge of literature and composers for the respective instrument. .25 unit.
MUS 101
Concert Band
0.25
Performance of classic band repertoire as well as transcriptions, arrangements, and contemporary works. Open to all students with instructor's permission. .25 unit.
MUS 102
College Choir
0.25
Performance of literature representing all stylistic periods. Open to all students with instructor's permission. .25 unit.
MUS 103
Chamber Singers
0.25
Repertoire performed primarily Renaissance and 20th century, although not limited to these styles. Membership by audition from membership in College Choir. .25 unit.
MUS 104
Chamber Orchestra
0.25
Performance of music from all periods. Frequently combines with selected wind and percussion players to perform works for a larger ensemble. Open to all students with instructor's permission. .25 unit.
MUS 112
Literature of Music
1
A study of great musical works throughout history and the forces that directly influence composers and their compositions.
MUS 121
Theory and Aural Skills I
1
Rudiments of music: scales, intervals, triads, cadences, basic introduction to part-writing. Sight singing and ear training correlated with rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic activity in the course.
MUS 122
Theory and Aural Skills II
1
Diatonic harmony, including analysis and partwriting. Sight singing and ear training correlated with rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic activity in the course. Prerequisite: 121.
MUS 218
American Music
1
A study of American music from the colonial era to the present day with emphasis on American idioms.
MUS 221
Theory and Aural Skills III
1
Chromatic harmony, including analysis and part- writing. Sight singing and ear training correlated with rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic activity in the course. Prerequisite: 122.
MUS 222
Theory IV: Form & Analysis
1
Analysis of structural and motivic development in music literature encompassing a variety of styles. Representative works in various forms will be examined. Prerequisite: 221.
MUS 231
History of Music I
1
. A study of musical style from the Greeks through the Renaissance as evidenced in theoretical documents and works of major composers.
MUS 232
History of Music II
1
A continuation of Music History I, beginning with stylistic trends of the late 16th century and continuing through 19th century Romanticism. Prerequisite: 231.
MUS 233
History of Music III
1
A continuation of Music History II, beginning with Impressionism and continuing with a study of 20th-century idioms and composers. Prerequisite: 232.
MUS 303
Advanced Private Voice
0.5
Prerequisite: 073 or permission. .50 unit.
MUS 304
Advanced Instrument -
0.5
Prerequisite: 074 or permission. .50 unit.
MUS 325
Conducting and Literature
1
Techniques in simple and complex rhythms, including score reading, practical experience with ensembles, study of forms and styles.

Faculty